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Friday, February 19, 2016

Inspired by . . . the Maker of heaven and earth

Growing up in Vermont, I was well acquainted with hills and mountains. Mt. Washington, the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi river, could be clearly seen from our front porch. Our farm is situated just north of the area pictured below.

Spring time in Peacham with Mt. Washington in the distance by john knox on Capture My Vermont
Spring time in Peacham with Mt. Washington in the distance by john knox

The hills brought beauty to our lives, and a sense of protection. Nestled in their bosom, I grew and thrived.

A couple of years ago, the Dreamer and I took a trip to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains took my breath, and my heart. Unlike the gentle protectors of my youth, these strong sentinels stand fierce and bold, even when adorned in their soft golden coats of autumn.

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psa 121:1-8)

It's easy to look toward a mountain, or fortress, or even to men for our protection. But Psalm 121 reminds us that we must look beyond these earthly things. Our help comes from the Creator, not the creation.

Here is a blessed reminder to rely on, and trust in, the promises of God. The help we receive is bound up in His power and goodness, His providence and grace. As children of God we should lift our eyes to Him, expecting to receive as He has promised.

It is the Lord, Himself, Who is our keeper, and our protector. He shades us from every foe, whether sun or moon. For sometimes the things we think are good for us, He knows are not. So under His shadow we may sit with delight and assurance, because we trust in Him.

Just as God went before Israel in the wilderness, a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, the Lord will preserve our going out and our coming in. 

The promise here is not that we will never need help, but that these things which cause us to need that help will never separate us from the God Who is our help, or from His purposes for us.

When we look to Him as Lord and Savior, 
He will indeed preserve our souls 
from this time forth and forevermore. 

Even to the end of the world.


You may remember that I'm joining Kimberlee Conway Ireton for this Lenten series of meditation through the Psalms of Ascent. You may find her offerings here.

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Small WondersTestimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth, Weekend Whispers,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,

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